Project brief for Measuring Empathy Collaborative Assessment Project

March 1st, 2015 | RESEARCH

Three accredited zoos and aquariums in the Pacific Northwest are collaborating on a project aimed at developing tools to assess program effectiveness in encouraging children's empathy towards animals. This short briefing paper outlines the team's initial work to 1) gain a shared understanding and definition of the construct (empathy towards animals) and how it develops during childhood, and 2) review existing research on the link between empathy and beneficial action towards wildlife, and 3) summarize research findings on best practices towards encouraging empathy.



Team Members

Kathryn Owen, Contact, Kathryn Owen Consulting
Kathayoon Khalil, Contributor, Oregon Zoo


Funding Source: Private Foundation

Related URLs

Measuring Empathy: Collaborative Assessment Project


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Learning Researchers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | Life science | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Marketing Materials | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Exhibitions | Public Programs